Don Park explains how bad the rot has gotten:
I am not into ragging on and on about a topic. When something creeps me out, I deal with it and move on. Short of turning myself into an activist, I am going to just exercise my rights as a consumer/investor: refusing to buy. So I am just going to strike HP off my shopping list and not invest in HP stock regardless of how cheap it looks until the word 'HP' no longer disgusts me.
At some point, HP is going to need to acknowledge reality and do a clean sweep of everyone who was involved in the pretexting mess.
Update: Every time I think the HP story can't get worse, it drills deeper into the muck. Witness this:
Hewlett-Packard conducted feasibility studies on planting spies in news bureaus of two major publications as part of an investigation of leaks from its board, an individual briefed on the company’s review of the operation said yesterday.
The studies, referred to in a Feb. 2 draft report for a briefing of senior management, are said to have included the possibility of placing investigators acting as clerical employees or cleaning crews in the San Francisco offices of CNET and The Wall Street Journal.
I'm not sure what's going on here - makes me wonder whether Dunn is living out some fantasy about being a secret agent. Did she read too many "Spy vs. Spy" episodes in Mad Magazine as a child?